Long Distance Love Affair

The Philippines didn’t have telephone lines in some provinces back in 80s and the 90s. There will be aerial mobile phones owned by rich people and some middle class entrepreneurs who rent out their phones, “pay-per-use”. The nearest one was a kilometer away from our house. My father would call us there and their messenger will inform us that our father will phone again in exactly 1 hour, so we have to be there earlier and sit by the phone. He would call on special occasions like birthdays, Christmas and New Year. I hated when he calls us in New Year’s Eve. He’d call late night and we have to walk and brave the fireworks being lit all night. Unfortunately, Philippines is known for blasting almost deadly fireworks — mostly illegal plus, there are some gun owners who would fire their guns believing it’s for luck. So my fear is reasonable because people do get hit by the stray bullets. The mortality rate of NYE related accidents had always been soaring high. It’s pathetic.

Perhaps it’s because of my father being away for many years as an expatriate in Riyadh that this song had been a household theme growing up? or is it because it was a fad back then? I really don’t know. But I remember always singing along with my aunts, we’d dance like crazy into the tune of Sheena Easton’s Telefone.

I chose the song Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair) as my entry for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday.

Theme: Communication, Information, News, Telephone suggested by Di of Pensitivity101

Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair) is a dance/pop single recorded by Scottish singer Sheena Easton, the first single released from her fourth album, 1983’s  Best Kept Secret. In November 1984, Easton added “Telefono” to her Spanish album Todo Me Recuerda a Ti for the Latin markets. The song was nominated for a Grammy in 1983 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

The song was most successful in the United States, where it became Easton’s fourth top 10 hit, peaking at number nine for two weeks in October and November 1983. The song was less successful in Easton’s native United Kingdom where it reached number 84.

The music video, shot in black and white, featured Easton in a haunted house and a cemetery, being pursued by Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and the Hunchback of Notre Dame before being rescued by King Kong.

In Mexico, the popular teen group Timbiriche released the same Spanish version. In the 2012 South Korean film Dancing Queen. Uhm Jung-hwa sang a cover of the song titled as “Call My Name”.

I’ve been away from you
For far too long
Too much absence
Make my heart go frantic

I wanna tell you
What’s been going on
Operator, give me Transatlantic

I sit alone as the night goes by
Stare at the phone
And wait for your replyLong, long distance love affair, oh, oh
I can’t find you anywhere, oh, oh
I call you on the telephone

But you’re never home
I gotta get a message to you
Wanna tell you what I’m going through, oh, oh

What in the world’s coming over you
How come you’re acting like a total stranger
I try to reach you but I can’t get through
I got this feeling that my heart’s in danger

I got your letter
It was perfectly clear
Having a ball
And wishing you were here

Long, long distance love affair, oh, oh
I can’t find you anywhere, oh, oh
I call you on the telephone

But you’re never home
I gotta get a message to you
Wanna tell you what I’m going through, oh, oh

Premonition is a funny thing
Unfamiliar kind of vague and hazy
Like knowing when

The phone is gonna ring
Too many times and
It’ll drive you crazy

I hear you echoing along the hall
Call out your name
But no one’s there at all

Long, long distance love affair, oh, oh
I can’t find you anywhere, oh, oh
I call you on the telephone
But you’re never home

Long, long distance love affair, oh, oh
I can’t find you anywhere, oh, oh
I call you on the telephone
You’re never home

Long, long distance love affair, oh, oh
I can’t find you anywhere, oh, oh
I call you on the telephone
But you’re never home

Long, long distance love affair

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